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F*cking shameless – Frist tap dances to get black pastor support

Senate Majority Leader Bill “Cat Killer” Frist, R-Tenn., center, speaks as black religious leaders look on at a rally in support of Janice Rogers Brown, President Bush’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, at Russell Park on Capitol Hill. Frist said he will call a vote next week on whether Republican senators are willing to let the minority Democrats continue to block the White House’s judicial appointments through filibusters. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

I am sick and tired of the Repugs rustling up some colored tokens like Harry Jackson to bolster inane, disastrous and ultimately anti-minority political positions. It’s nauseating that they always manage to find black sheeple to shill for their bullsh*t. Hey, guys, do you remember how that support of Clarence “yes massa Scalia” Thomas worked out for you?

“Why are they afraid to put a black woman on the court?” asked Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of a group of black pastors, standing next to Majority Leader Bill Frist at a news conference outside the Capitol. Referring to Janice Rogers Brown, a California Supreme Court judge whom Bush has named to the federal appeals court, he called her “not only a legal hero for black America, she is a legal hero for all America.”

Frist, R-Tenn., did not mention Brown’s race in his own remarks. He said Democratic treatment of her nomination was “unnecessary, uncivil. It is injustice. I pledge to you here today that I will do everything in my power to see that it stops.”

He made his comments after members of the Congressional Black Caucus said he had declined to meet with them to discuss the issue. An aide said Frist was speaking on the Senate floor at the time. The Democratic lawmakers proceeded to a news conference where they released a letter to the Tennessee Republican arguing that his call for a partial ban on judicial filibusters “would be particularly offensive to people of color.”

There was irony — as members of the caucus noted — since the historic civil rights legislation of a half-century ago was passed only after supporters overcame filibusters by conservative Southern Democrats and like-minded Republicans.

“The filibuster was systematically used when Senate minority rights meant the denial of the rights of African-Americans,” caucus members wrote. “We cannot and will not stand down when Senate minority rights are proposed to be overruled against a Senate minority that seeks to protect the rights of African-Americans.”

Here’s a sampling of prior Blend posts on the Right sucking up to and buying off the black religious vote.

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